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Esker Hills sees immediate tourism boost following Shane Lowry's Open win

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22/7/2019, Ray Molloy, manager of Esker Hills Golf Club, in Offaly, home club of Shane Lowry celebrate his success in the Open. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM

22/7/2019, Ray Molloy, manager of Esker Hills Golf Club, in Offaly, home club of Shane Lowry celebrate his success in the Open. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM

22/7/2019, Ray Molloy, manager of Esker Hills Golf Club, in Offaly, home club of Shane Lowry celebrate his success in the Open. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM

Shane Lowry's Open Championship win in Portrush is already bringing international attention to his local golf club.

A bus of Australian fans arrived at Esker Hills just after noon today to see where Lowry had honed his skills.

Members of the Southern Golf Club in Melbourne and their captain Adrian Rowe missed out on tickets for the Open but watched the final day of the tournament in Portmarnock yesterday.

They were on there way to Killarney today when their bus driver decided they would take a detour and head for Clara.

"We couldn't get tickets, we tried four or five months ago," said member Don Haddrell.

"So we watched at Portmarnock golf club."

They are in Ireland on a two-week golf tour.

Meanwhile, locals are also waiting for news at the club house on whether their hero will visit today.

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